Why do ACEs matter?

ACEs matter.

ACEs cut across all economic, racial and educational lines and reach all zip codes.

The ACE Study revealed five main discoveries:

  • ACEs are common…nearly two-thirds (64%) of adults have at least one.
    But there is hope.
  • They cause adult onset of chronic disease, such as cancer and heart disease, as well as mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.
    But there is hope.
  • ACEs don’t occur alone…if you have one, there’s an 87% chance that you have two or more.
    But there is hope.
  •  The more ACEs you have, the greater the risk for chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence. People have an ACE score of 0 to 10. Each type of trauma counts as one, no matter how many times it occurs. You can think of an ACE score as a cholesterol score for childhood trauma. For example, people with an ACE score of 4 are twice as likely to be smokers and seven times more likely to be alcoholic. Having an ACE score of 4 increases the risk of emphysema or chronic bronchitis by nearly 400 percent, and suicide by 1200 percent. People with high ACE scores are more likely to be violent, to have more marriages, more broken bones, more drug prescriptions, more depression, and more autoimmune diseases. People with an ACE score of 6 or higher are at risk of their lifespan being shortened by 20 years.
    But there is hope.
  • ACEs are responsible for a big chunk of workplace absenteeism, and for rising costs in health care, emergency response, mental health and criminal justice.  So, the fifth finding from the ACE Study is that childhood adversity contributes to most of our major chronic health, mental health, economic health and social health issues.
    But there is hope.

Here’s the hope for healing and flourishing…

The brain is continually changing in response to the environment. If the toxic stress stops and is replaced by practices that build resilience, the brain can slowly undo many of the stress-induced changes.

There is well documented research on how individuals’ brains and bodies become healthier through therapy, mindfulness practices, exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep, and healthy social interactions.  There is hope and healing!

 Learn more about resilience here.


The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study – the largest public health study you never heard of – started in an obesity clinic

Source:  https://acestoohigh.com/aces-101/

People with an ACE score of 6 or higher are at risk of their lifespan being shortened by 20 years.

The good news is that the brain is able to change, and the body wants to heal.